EDINA, Minn. – Two major construction projects at 50th and France in Edina promise to transform one of the top shopping districts in the Twin Cities.
No doubt, local business owners are quite excited about the economic prospects of these developments.
But they’re also trying to hang in there and cope with this difficult and lengthy construction process, which has made for an especially difficult summer.
Some customers have been avoiding 50th and France because of how difficult it’s been to navigate traffic and find parking.
That’s why the city has worked to offer valet parking, in addition to meeting with merchants regularly, according to Edina Mayor Jim Hovland.
"There’s a few growing pains," Hovland said, "but on balance, we think it’s just going to be tremendous for our town. And people are going to be enjoying 50th and France even more than they used to."
One of the ongoing projects is the expansion of a parking ramp, which will be fully completed by the fall. The other project is the "Nolan Mains" development, which will add more than 100 upscale apartments, retail, parking and even a public plaza to the 50th and Edina corridor.
Linda Getchell, the owner of Shop in the City, unfortunately finds herself right in the thick of all this construction.
But she thinks it’ll be worth it in the end.
"We’re talking 12 to 15 months, which can be a long time or a short time depending on how you look at it. It’s how you address life," Getchell said. "Change is not easy. But in order to get to a different place you have to have experiences."